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placeholder  May 19, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA

May 19: 6:30 p.m., meeting with representatives of Hispanic Groups & Leadership

May 20: 10 a.m., gathering of Ecumenical and interfaith leaders, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      1:30 p.m., College of Consultors

      5:30 p.m., dinner for Leadership Donors Capital Campaign

May 21: 11 a.m., meeting and lunch, Saint Thomas More Society, San Francisco

       6 p.m., pre-ordination dinner

May 23: 2 p.m., meeting and dinner, priests of the diocese, Cathedral of Christ the Light

       7 p.m., ordination to the priesthood, Cathedral of Christ the Light

May 24: 4:30 p.m., Confirmation, Deanery 4, St. Benedict Parish, Oakland.

May 25: 9:30 a.m., Confirmation, St. Patrick Parish, Oakland

      5 p.m., Confirmation, Our Lady Queen of the World Parish, Bay Point

May 27: 10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council

      2 p.m., Catholic education meeting

      5:30 p.m., dinner for Leadership Donors Capital Campaign

May 29: 11 a.m., Jubilee Mass, Dominican Sisters of San Rafael

May 31: 10 a.m., ordination to the priesthood, Dominican Order, St. Dominic Church, San Francisco

      5:30 p.m., Mass, St. Joan of Arc, San Ramon

June 1: 7:30 a.m., Mass, St. Joan of Arc, San Ramon

      10:45 a.m., Confirmation, St. Agnes Parish, Concord

      6 p.m., Confirmation, Corpus Christi Parish, Fremont

June 2: Meeting with Rev. John R. Heinz, OFM Conv., provincial

June 3: 5:30 p.m., dinner for Leadership Donors Capital Campaign

June 9: Life Teen Catholic Youth Training Convention, Phoenix, Arizonae

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Rev. Mr. Joseph Tuan Anh Le

Rev. Mr. Alberto Perez

Rev. Mr. Michael Nghia Pham
Three to be ordained May 23
At 7 p.m. May 23, in the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will ordain three men Joseph Tuan Anh Le, Alberto Perez and Michael Nghia Pham to the priesthood. This marks the first time Bishop Barber will ordain priests for the Diocese of Oakland. The public is invited to the ordination, as well as to the Masses of Thanksgiving. Rev. Mr. Le's first Mass will be celebrated in Vietnamese at 11:30 a.m. May 25 at St. Anthony Church, 1535 16th Ave., Oakland. He will celebrate Mass in English and Vietnamese at 10 a.m. June 1 at Our Lady Queen of the World Church, 3155 Winterbrook Drive, Bay Point, with a 4 p.m. Mass in Vietnamese to follow. Rev. Mr. Perez will celebrate Mass in English and Spanish at 5:30 p.m. May 24 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Rev. Mr. Pham will celebrate Mass in Vietnamese at 4 p.m. May 25 at St. Felicitas Church, 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro.

'Mary and
Baby Jesus'

Pre-kindergarten students at St. Mary School in Walnut Creek created watercolor portraits of Mary and Baby Jesus. The work, by the students of Vicki Schwartz, teacher, and Jaime Stewart, assistant teacher, is on display through June 6 in the hall of the Cathedral Event Center, one floor below the Cathedral of Christ the Light, at 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.
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Directories available

The newsprint edition of the Diocesan Directory for 2014 has been distributed to parishes. Parishioners should find them at their church after Sunday Masses.

Deluxe, hardbound editions, which include a complete telephone directory, can still be ordered by mailing your request to The Catholic Voice, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland 94612. Payment must accompany the order. Cost including shipping and handling is $15 for one copy, $12 each when ordering five or more copies. For more information, dial 510-893-5339.

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Upcoming concerts

Two musical performances are scheduled at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland in June. Cathedral music director Rudy de Vos will perform works by Buxtehude, Bach, Tournemire and Duruflé at 5 p.m. June 1. The San Francisco Boys Chorus Spring Concert will be at 8 p.m. June 14. For more information, contact Denise Kogler at 510-271-1935 or dkogler@ctlcathedral.org.

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Vatican ordination
Pope Francis lays his hands on a newly ordained priest during Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican May 11. The pope ordained 13 men to the priesthood during the Mass.
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Priesthood not business

Pope Francis told seminarians not to become "orphan priests," who are motherless without Mary; "businessman priests," who are after money; or "prince priests," who are aloof from the people. He also warned them not to give "boring homilies," saying their reflections should be brief, powerful and address the problems and concerns people are really going through. In a private audience in the Vatican's Paul VI hall with thousands of seminarians and priests from around the world who are studying in Rome, the pope spent 70 minutes answering the questions of eight pre-selected participants.

Sinners into saints

While it is true that the church is made up of sinners, it is also true that Christ has made the church holy and he can make sinners holy, too, Pope Francis said. "No one can sanctify themselves," the pope said May 9 during his early morning Mass; "there is no class for becoming a saint. Holiness is a gift Jesus gives the church, and so that we can see this, he chooses certain people in whom we can clearly see his sanctifying work," Pope Francis said during the Mass in his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Block to evangelization

Too often Catholics turn the church into "a company that manufactures impediments" to faith, rather than a community that patiently helps people come to believe in Jesus, Pope Francis said. "Grace is more important than bureaucracy," the pope said May 8 in a homily at his early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.

Social climbers leave

The Catholic Church is no place for "climbers," who want to reach the heights of prestige, power and profit, Pope Francis said. Instead of putting their sights on the church, such people should set off for the Alps for a healthier way to get to the top, the pope said May 5 during his homily at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives. He also raised a red flag against "many good Catholics" and benefactors, who have raised money for the church, but profited handsomely from their efforts, even with so-called dirty money.

New service attitude

Pope Francis told his new economic oversight council that it must be "courageous and determined" in its critical role of helping the church not waver from its real mission of bringing the Gospel to the world and helping those most in need. The church has a duty to use its assets and manpower responsibly in promoting its spiritual mandate, and "a new mentality of evangelical service" must take hold throughout the Vatican, the pope said May 2.

Jealousy devil's work

Beware of the devil, who wants a jealous, power-hungry and divided church, Pope Francis said. Be open to the Holy Spirit, who brings unity and harmony, and who pushes people to focus fully on Christ, the pope said April 29 during his homily at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives. A community of peace, forgiveness and harmony means "there's no place for gossip, jealousy, back-stabbing and slander," he said, according to a report by Vatican Radio.

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